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King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 
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This is a beautifully-filmed technicolor adventure movie that won best cinematography and best editing Oscars and was nominated for best picture. It's a little bit cheesy, but it's still fun to watch 65 years later just for the scenery and the Watusi dancers, even though there is not enough action for contemporary audiences. Deborah Kerr hires Stewart Granger to lead her and her brother on a safari to find her husband who was lost while searching for King Solomon's mine, a legendary diamond mine. Most of the movie consists of their journey, some of which was filmed in Africa, and their encounters with all sorts of exotic African tribes and their villages and lots of wild animals, including four snakes and a large snake-carving on a man's torso.

The first snake is a python that we see on a tree overhead as the safari party passes.

The second snake shows up when Granger is talking about the thousands of life forms all around them that are hiding in the jungle. To illustrate his point, he shows them some slugs under a log, then points to a grassy spot. Kerr doesn't see anything but Granger tells her it will move soon. When she sees the snake she freaks out and jumps behind the log she was sitting on. Granger says that it's a mamba - "One nip from that and you stay here."

The third snake is a cobra that hisses up a storm as they approach it. Granger tosses his hat at it, grabs it, then beats it to death with the butt of his pistol.

The last live snake is a large python that we see crawling on a log above the shelter where Deborah Kerr is napping. It crawls to the ground then suddenly leaps between her legs. She screams and jumps up and her brother bashes it to death with the butt of his rifle.

On their journey they meet a very tall thin African man with a strange hairdoo who asks to join them. After weeks and weeks they finally get up into some mountains which turn out to be the tall man's homeland. He was a king who was forced to leave which he proves by showing the large scars on his torso that are carvings in the form of snakes. We are told that when a king is born, they carve the snakes onto him.